After taking some time to settle into its new space, Shellnut Insurance and Associates LLC celebrated its official relocation to Franklin Wednesday with a Williamson, Inc. ribbon cutting.
Though the small family business has a 25-year history in insurance, it has skirted the Franklin area for most of that time. However, according to owner Eric Shellnut, now is the time to grow their roots here.
“(Eric) and his family strive to be a family-oriented business, which is fantastic,” said Senior Vice President of Community Relations at Williamson, Inc. Nancy Conway, who introduced the Shellnut family. “They finally are here, where they’ve wanted to be for some time.”
Out of the company’s eight employees, five are family members. Shellnut said family is obviously important, but also, he knows exactly what he’s getting from an employment standpoint.
His two sons, Tyler and Gavin, work as producers at the firm, and Shellnut mentioned they were both born and raised in Franklin and graduated from Battle Ground Academy. He said the move to Franklin brings his sons back to their home community, something that was important, as he assumes they will eventually run the business themselves.
Shellnut Insurance serves the entire Middle Tennessee area, offering home, life, auto, recreational and business insurance.
Gavin Shellnut’s wife, Hannah, serves as the company’s marketing director. She explained that, starting Oct. 1, they will give $5 to Agape Animal Rescue for every new customer and referral.
This is part of an ongoing referral program, which seeks to involve the community in the business. The local charity or nonprofit that benefits from this program rotates every three months.
“If you call and get a quote, and you don’t have insurance with us, we will donate $5 to that quarterly charity,” Hannah Shellnut said. “Then, if you go tell your friend, ‘Hey, call Shellnut Insurance. Get a quote,’ we count that as a referral. We’ll give another $5 to Agape Animal Rescue.”
To learn more about Shellnut Insurance, visit shellnutinsurance.net.